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The Straw Wars

Posted on AllSides June 7th, 2024
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For something so small and hollow, the drinking straw has become quite a potent symbol over the years. First, here are four new stories from The Atlantic: In the first few pages of Nicholson Baker’s 1988 novel, The Mezzanine, the narrator recounts a vexing plastic-straw encounter. “I stared in disbelief the first time a straw rose up from my can of soda and hung out over the table,” making it impossible to eat pizza, read a book, and drink soda at the same time, he recalls. This problem has plagued...

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